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still suffering. bge is making progress. but tens of thousands of marylanders are without power, for the fifth straight day. >> hello, everyone. i'm vic carter. mary and kai are off today. here's what people are talking about. five days and counting. the misery mounts for thousands of marylanders, still without power after friday's storms. bge and crews from several other states continue to work around the clock to repair wires downed by trees and high winds. the outages are scattered around maryland, forcing many people to live without fans and air conditioning. and it could still be several days before everyone is back online. making matters worse, a heat advisory is in effect. wjz is live with first warning weather coverage. bob has more on the stifling conditions. but first, here's mike hellgren with the latest on the power efforts. >> more than 7,000 power lines went down in this storm friday. and behind me is one of the areas where one of the line
system still down. just a mangled mess of lines and limbs. more than 75,000 people are still without power. >> reporter: getting the power back on after this deadly storm is the priority, with thousands still out, bge says it is shifting many of the utility's 3,000 workers to restoring smaller pockets of customers, where complex issues have left the electric off for five days. in woodlawn, patience is wearing thin. >> i do all i can do. i try to do the right thing. but i am tired of these trees. >> reporter: in this hard-hit part of middle river, power was just restored. >> it was great. it was nice. it was finally like ac. we have been going off a generator with fans. and it was like a touch of god. >> reporter: and people are counting their blessings and recounting their survival stories. >> first of all, i didn't even think it hit my car. i was just thinking of my parents' car. >> if i were to stop like i normally do, i could have been
either killed or seriously injured or pulled off after it happened. >> reporter: and if you doubt it, the power of those straight line winds. look at this. this is a huge root ball from a tree. it's more than 20 feet across. >> reporter: bge is sending out crews in what they call pods, with experts in various skill sets. they estimate it could be the weekend before everyone's electricity is restored. >> reporter: and more than 1,000 out-of-state workers are among the 3,000 power workers right now trying to get the electricity back on. and a safety reminder. there was a case in prince george's county today, where four people were hospitalized after they turned on a generator inside their home. very dangerous. so just make sure you stay safe as we stay in these prolonged conditions, without power and this oppressive heat. reporting live, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> mike, thank you. here is the latest on power outages. right now from bge. anne arundel county is just over 13,000 without service.
in baltimore county, more than 32,000 have no power. baltimore city, it's just under 20,000. and howard county has 4700 customers still without service. in all right now, 77,000 homes and businesses still need to have their service restored. maryland's heat wave continues right now. a heat advisory is in effect for most of the state. outside, it's sunny and hot. and for the eighth day in a row, the temperature is over 90 degrees. first warning weather coverage continues with bob turk, who is updating these pleasant conditions. >> unfortunately, i don't see a lot of that break coming until maybe next week. we have a break in the thunderstorms now. it's very quiet. just a few things up near west virginia. but we do expect to see things beginning to pop this afternoon. a few things showing up. not much to look at at this point. but i am concerned with all of this heat and energy in the atmosphere, we could see some widely scattered, severe thunderstorms tonight. probably between 5:00 and 9:00. most should be over by then.
but there's certainly a possibility of some isolated, severe thunderstorms. now, as far as the heat is concerned, we have the heat advisory in effect until 9:00 tonight. here's why. look at the temperature. last report from bwi marshall was 96. 99 in washington. only 81 in oakland. 84 in ocean city. 96 with a dew point at 67. however, make its feel like 100 here. 100 in hagerstown. 104 in washington. and 94 over in easton. tomorrow, probably a couple of degrees hotter than today. we're likely to have heat advisories at least several more days. a power outage in college park puts hundreds of metro passengers in danger. denise is live with more on what happened when the green line train broke down during rush hour. >> reporter: well, vic, the green line lost power, and became disabled near drexel road, locking firefighters inside. the train was just about 300 yards from the station. but the heat became so intense,
one passenger hit the emergency button and the doors finally opened. more than 200 passengers climbed out of the malfunctioning train, jumped off, started walking on the tracks. two people suffered minor injuries. power was eventually restored and the train was moved. vic? >> denise, thank you. the d.c. transportation department is urging passengers that unless the situation is life-threatening, no one should ever walk on the tracks. stay with wjz for complete coverage of first warning weather. for updates on forecast, and the look at live doppler radar, look at wjz.com. it's a working holiday for president obama. and republican presidential candidate mitt romney. tara mergener reports for wjz. the president participates in a naturalization ceremony, while rom three marched in an independence day parade. >> reporter: 27 from different countries. taking the oath of citizenship in the white house. >> so help me, god.
>> reporter: the newest americans came from as close as mexico and as far away as russia. president obama told them their sacrifice is an example of why immigration makes the u.s. stronger. >> it's why we still need a dream act, to keep talented young people who want to contribute to our society and serve our country. it's why we need -- why america's success demands comprehensive immigration reform. >> reporter: last month, president obama instituted a few policy that stops the deportation of illegal immigrants, especially those who came here as children, those seeking college degrees other and members of the military. >> reporter: the latest gal gallup poll shows the president with a 4 of point lead over republican challenger, mitt rom no, with just four months to go until election day. >> reporter: mitt recommendne also had a traditional fourth of july. the republican white house hopeful was with his family, marching in a parade in new hampshire. he took time to sit down with cbs news, and talk about the
recent supreme court decision, on the president's affordable care act. >> not only did he raise the $500 billion that was already in the bill, it's now clear that his mandate, as described by the supreme court, is a tax. >> reporter: president obama will hit the campaign trail on thursday, with a bus tour in the battleground states of ohio and pennsylvania. at the white house, tara mergener, wjz eyewitnessnews. >> the president's first stop on his bus tour, will be ohio, near toledo. followed by a stop in akron. a truck hits a restaurant on south monroe street. witnesses say one person was pinned under the wreckage. it's unclear what charges he's facing. the sea pine restaurant is now closed. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. a water main break is causing some problems in northern baltimore county today. the 12-inch main broke underneath york road in hunt valley. a portion of york road is closed near ashland, while repairs are being made.
about 20 small businesses are without water. wjz just checked with public works and only one lane of traffic is getting by. let's check in on the roads now with kristy breslin, at wjz traffic control. >> hi, everyone. although traffic is lighter than normal. we do still have a couple of advisories. as you know, we have a lot of fourth of july celebrations going on. so closures include east pratt, at south charles. lombard at light street. lombard at south gay street. keep in mind, there are a couple out because of the power failure. please treat those intersections as stop signs. north inner loop, just a minor slowdown. as far as the harrisburg expressway goes, no problems to report in either direction. and an easy drive for you, 95 both northbound and southbound. let's take a live look. as you can see, not too much activity. that's south of 222 in cecil county. and we'll take another live look, hardly anything there. that's 50 eastbound at sandy
point. this traffic report is brought to you by the cochran firm. if you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury, call 1-800-the firm. or call them online for your free consultation. it's one of baltimore's biggest and best tributes to the usa. and the men and women who fight for freedom. hundreds line the streets to get a good look. ron matz has more on the annual parade in dundalk. ♪ [ music ] >> reporter: baltimore marching ravens, and those big fire trucks, delighted the huge crowds. there's nothing like the fourth of july in dundalk. >> the comradery of the community in dundalk is like no other. >> reporter: nick, you're looking good, man. >> thank you. it's good to see everybody from channel 13 here. >> reporter: nick mosko is red, white and blue all over. die lards get here hours before the festists begin. >> how many years have you been doing this? >> 25.
>> what time did you get here this morning? >> 5:00. >> served 10 months in iraq. i'm proud to be down here in dundalk, with patriotic americans. >> reporter: phil and debbie gaines' first date was at this parade in 1987. >> we got married in april of 1989. so it was a little less than two years. >> familiar faces from the world of politics. a day to celebrate the red, white and blue, as only dundalk can. >> i know it's embedded. because my family, they brought us here years ago. and it's just -- we keep coming. >> and nick even gave me that tie. >> thank you, bud. happy fourth of july. >> thank you. have a safe trip in whatever you do. >> reporter: ron matz, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the parade is organized by the dundalk heritage parade community. and the optimist club of dundalk. for a list of fireworks displays for tonight, log onto wjz.com. and click on our summer guide at the bottom of the home page.
still ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 4:00. shocking video, two young children beating each other. that's only part of the story. deadly collapse. why police in canada are launching a criminal investigation. 19 children left alone in 100-degree heat for a week. the disturbing case of child abuse. outside, the heat is dangerous. an advisory is in effect for much of maryland. don't miss the updated first warning weather forecast.
it is 96 degrees and sunny in central maryland right now. the complete first warning weather forecast is coming up. public outcry leads police to an open criminal investigation into a deadly mall collapse in canada. residents say the mall was in shabby condition before the roof caved in, killing two women. they also questioned the speed at which rescuers tried to reach those trapped in the rubble. search and rescue efforts were called off just two days after the collapse. disturbing video out of california, where a couple of
adults were arrested for encouraging two young boys to fight. the 4- and 5-year-olds are seen kicking and punching near san bernardino. others crowd around while the adults in the video egg them on. a shocking discovery in kentucky, where a sheriff's deputy finds 19 children living by themselves in the filthy house, with no air conditioning or food. as kim gabbia reports, their parents were out of town. >> reporter: when warren county deputies walked up to this home, they found a smashed-out car and a chain saw in the yard. but nothing prepared them for what was waiting inside. >> basically, you had children taking care of children. >> reporter: 19 children, to be exact, ranging from 8 months to 14 years old. all left alone in the house with 10 pets and an inch of feces on the carpet, all while the parents, irving smith and jackie feria, went on a road trip, and asked a neighbor to keep an eye on their kids!
said, hey, can you check on the kids periodically. we're going to be out of town for a day or two. we've got a family emergency. we'll be right back. >> reporter: but two days were turned into six. and all 19 kids were left with no foods as temperatures hit 110 degrees in bowling green. >> that's unbelievable. i think they should be trouble for this. those kids could have died. >> it's hot enough with air conditioning. but to have no air conditioning and an 8-month-old. they're not going to be able to take care of themselves, no matter what. but you're going to leave them in a house to bake. >> reporter: the woman next door said she wasn't even shocked when she heard what happened. because she called police two weeks ago for a similar situation. she could hear babies crying and saw the parents weren't home. she wondered why authorities didn't do something then. >> how many times does
something have to be reported before something happens? >> reporter: annie says the house has five bedrooms, that 13 call it home, and the additional five were only there for the week. now they're all in state custody. >> i'm just glad that they're safe now. and i think the parents needle to be put in -- need to be put in jail. i think they need to be taught a lesson. >> the biological mother of some of those children has been charged with 14 counts of criminal abuse and five counts of wantdon -- wanton endangerment. lots of business news. let's go to new york right now, where ines ferre has tonight's cbs money watch update. wall street is closed for the holiday. investors will return tomorrow, with stocks at the highest level we've seen in nearly two months. the dow is nearing the 13,000 mark after jumping 17 points tuesday. nasdaq was up almost 25 and closing in on 3,000. on the fourth of july, hot dogs are big business. an industry group says americans are expected to eat
more than 150 million hot dogs this week. that's just a portion of the 7 billion hot dogs americans will consume over the summer. the seafood industry is hoping americans will put more lobsters on their dinner table. and an oversupply in maine is bringing pries down significantly. -- prices down significantly. now fishermen can't sell them fast enough. about 40 million americans are hitting the road for the holiday. and they're not using maps. with more and more using gps devices, foldup maps are becoming a thing of the past. in georgia, officials are making half the amount. and in pennsylvania, production is down more than two-thirds. triple a says it is also printing fewer maps. that's your money watch. for more business news, head to cbsmoneywatch.com. in new york, i'm ines ferre.
coming up next on wjz's eyewitness news at 4:00. they annoying and embarrassing. coming up, one man's remedy for curing hiccups. dangerous celebration. fireworks explode at one family's home. we'll show you what happens next. and a heat advisory is in effect for much of maryland. it's a sizzler outside. don't miss your updated first warning forecast. wjz is always on. for the top stories and instant updates of first warning
live look outside right now. old glory, blowing in the slight breeze we have here on tv hill. >> exactly the same temperature. 96. but yesterday, the 96 felt like 91 because it was so dry. today, the 96, the dew point of 67 degrees feels like 100. there's the difference. same temperature. it's the moisture content in the air. we're at 96 now. 38% humidity. dew point up there at 67. west/northwest winds at 12.
the barometer 29.84. and currently holding steady. we have storms forming to the west of us. unfortunately, they may expand quite a bit over the next several hours. and any of these can be locally strong to severe. right now, the closest activity, north of frederick, one cell south of cascade, south of chambersburg. and it's growing quickly. nervous you might see more activity develop quickly over the next few hours. and any of these cells could have strong, damaging winds, over 55 miles an hour, and small hail. that is certainly possible between, let's say, 5:00 and 9:00 tonight. if you happen to be out this evening and you see lightning, get into a shelter. a car or a sturdy building. don't be out under a tree or in a field. i know there's a lot of stuff going on tonight. but thunderstorms are very dangerous with lightning. so when thunder roars, get indoors. take a look at temperatures right now. we're at 96.
99 in washington. 80 in oakland. 94, hagerstown. i think those storms are going to get close to you pretty soon. 85 ocean city. and locally, temperatures still in the upper 80s. a few spots, westminster, 84 for some reason. and 96, a lot of spots, very way above normal. west winds now, 12, 13. there is a breeze at least. and once again, any of these thunderstorms tonight could have damaging winds, over 50, 55 miles an hour. that will cause a lot of problems. now, it will be very isolated. less humid air across southern canada. this heat and humidity still with us the next few days. it still remains hot, in fact, even hotter temperatures, for friday and saturday, than we have today. temperatures could get close to 100. here's the rain we saw this morning. most of it just dissipated. but now, another batch of activity developing across pennsylvania, west virginia. and that's going to head down to the southeast once again. we'll keep watching the radar.
the next three hours will tell the tale. five to 10 knots. bay temp near 83 degrees. tonight, scattered storms. some could be strong. 72 overnight. tomorrow, a hot afternoon. 98. but looks like a shower and thunderstorm chances tomorrow. just about nil. but it will feel humid. it will feel more like 100 and 101 tomorrow. >> thanks a lot, bob. don't miss tonight's cbs primetime lineup. and the fireworks spectacular, featuring jennifer hudson. lots more ahead on wjz. historic discovery. the world of physics is celebrating. we'll explain the so-called god particle. i'm mike schuh. bge thinks the number of people who have the power restored is going to slow down a little bit because of damage like this one. and the next 25 feet that way. and the next one, 2125 that way. the story when we return. some have been burning for more than a month.
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it is 4:29. 96 degrees and sunny. hello. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. i'm denise koch. and here's what people are talking about. five days after a vicious thunderstorm batters maryland, tens of thousands of people are still without power. crews are working to get everyone back online. but it is a tough process and the intense heat is not helping. first warning weather coverage continues with mike schuh, and crews hard at work in north baltimore. >> the epicenter of damage has now moved to north baltimore, just south of towson, and east over to parkville. there are over 1300 out-of- towners and up to 4,000 total working this storm. >> carol used to be one in a million. >> saturday, sunday, and monday. through friday. >> reporter: now, he's about 1
in 100,000. near the city line on his porch to keep cool, he may not have to read the news. he's part of the news. >> down the street and back, across the street. probably from that unit down to the end. you see that street there. >> if you look at bge's map, carol is dead center, near that orange and red dead spot, along northern parkway. >> all right. just hang tight for right now. >> reporter: so with one-third of the work force coming from out of state, carol's restoration crew comes from bge. >> so there's severe tree damage in this area. there's no task left undamaged. >> reporter: here's what this means. people just need to look in this alley in northwest baltimore. this pole snapped in half. but there's another one 25 feet that way. and another 25 feet that way. and it continues for two blocks. >> i have probably 10 seconds of wire down.
and multiple equipment damage. and multiple service leaks. >> so 10 trees? >> we have at least 25 trees down. and just this half alone. >> we're talking maybe a two- or three-block area? >> two-or three-block area. >> reporter: with that mean trees, work really begins to come through. by nightfall, carroll should now be one in 100 whose power was restored on this hot fowrktd of july day. >> reporter: on tuesday, bge was able to restore 73,000 people. but they say large gains like that are not going to be coming in the coming days because this work is so hard. back to you, mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. >> crews continue to make steady progress. here's the look at the latest outage numbers. in all, 79,000 customers are without power. that's actually up slightly from our last update. the majority of the outages remain in baltimore county and
baltimore city. marylanders are not the only ones sweating through the fourth of july without power. hundreds of still dealing with widespread outages. first warning weather coverage continues with whit johnson. >> reporter: five days since the violent storm, efforts to clean up and restore power, growing more desperate. >> it is a huge mess. >> reporter: virginia resident, terry savilla, one of more than 1 million people without power tuesday tries to focus on the positive. >> woo we have been swelting it out in the basement. but no damage to our house. so i feel for the people who have trees fall on their houses. >> reporter: people, like suzette and michael mcgran. a tree crashes through a bedroom, as they were watching a movie friday night. >> it was like a train going through your house? >> yeah. i mean, i thought tornado. >> reporter: luckily, no one in the grand household was hurt. >> reporter: pairmdzs continued looking for ways to cool off and charge up. this liz burglary in the
maryland suburbs, packed since the lights went out. the state's concern, calling to help pinpoint resources. >> we now need for citizens to call utility companies and let them know that your house is still out. >> reporter: homeland security experts are looking at last week's surprise storm, as a test run for what could happen in the event of a malicious terrorist attack. a test run that so far has failed. >> it's completely unacceptable to not have these basic needs met for an extended period of time. >> reporter: dan canoeski was a disaster adviser to president george w. bush. he handled the damage after hurricane katrina. and says storms like this have exposed weaknesses in infrastructure, as several power companies are struggling to bring customers back online. >> widespread, sustained power outages are among the top concerns for homeland security officials. and i know this type of thing
keeps them awake at night. >> and the nasty heat fuses to go away. a live look outside now. heat advisory in effect today, with temperatures above 90 degrees. almost getting used to it. first warning weather coverage continues with bob turk. >> on the water is where you want to be. we had some thunderstorms. now, any of these storms tonight, between 5:00 and 9:00, could become locally severe. and that means wind gusts over 58 miles an hour. and some small hail. right now, we have a few storms that have just moved into frederick county. we take a closer look there. a bunch of them out to the west. and in fact, a severe thunderstorm watch right now, for garrett county, until 10:00 tonight. two cells there. one north of cascade. one east of hagerstown. they're moving primarily to the southeast. we'll be watching this activity. it could be developing into a bigger area of thunderstorms tonight. if you are out tonight and you see lightning or hear thunder, when thunder roars, get indoors, into a car or big,
safe building. that's the best thing to do. take a look at temperatures or the advisory. yes, the heat advisory in effect until 9:00 tonight, across most of the area eastern carroll county as you can see. temperatures in the upper to mid-90s. but feels warmer. 96 now, the dew point up to 67. yesterday, the dew point was 58. 96 yesterday. felt like 92. however, today, with the dew point of 67. 96, feels like 100. 104 in washington. and 100 up in hagerstown. i think you folks in hagerstown are going to see showers close to the region so temperatures could drop quickly into the 70s. denise? >> thank you, bob. and wjz 13 is always on. check in for complete first warning weather. for live updates any time, log onto wjz.com. a break in the weather is helping firefighters battle those massive wildfires in colorado and a half dozen other western states. but as rick sallinger explains for wjz, the danger is far from over. >> you can see the sparks
flying all over the place. it was raining fire down on us. >> reporter: three people that died and more than 600 homes have been destroyed in colorado since the first fire started on june 9th. >> we're taking you inside the fight to save homes and lives in colorado springs. >> had they not made a stop on that fire right there, they would have lost 195 homes. >> reporter: this video is shot by steve shoperof the colorado springs fire department. this is being called the most destructive fire in colorado's history. firefighters on the ground use shovels, chain saws, and even a garden hose to fight the blaze. >> found a hose, garden hose. trying to put this real fire out. >> and he did it. this is the first fire he's ever put out. >> reporter: but at ground level, the fight to save homes went on, block by block. >> i felt helpless to a force of nature. almost an act of god that was coming down this hill. and seeing, you know, all of
this fire. seeing it jump, rounding the corner and seeing 15 houses, all on fire. then it's jumping and leap- frogging from house to house to house. >> reporter: the national inner agency fire center, which coordinates wildfire fighting efforts around the country says that 45 large wildfires are still burning across the nation. for cbs this morning, i'm rick sallinger, in colorado springs. >> so far, the damage estimate for the western wildfires, $110 million. two suspected drug cure years will plead guilty to bribing transportation security administration officers. prosecutors say the men paid up to $500 for each suitcase that screeners let through security. those suitcases were full of marijuana. the men have each agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy. right now, baltimore city police are asking for help to find a murder suspect. they ask you to take a look at this man. he was caught on surveillance video, after 19-year-old terrence anderson was shot to
death on north utah street in may. anyone with information is urged to call police. or you can call metro crimestoppers. you can remain anonymous. and city police are also identifying the officer they say shot and killed a man over the weekend. vic is in the newsroom with this. >> reporter: police say that officer paul heavernin was involved in the incident. it happened on liberty heights avenue in north baltimore sunday morning. police say heavernin witnessed an apparent do mystic dispute. -- domestic dispute. the officer chased him and a fight broke out. the officer then pulled out his service weapon and shot him. heavernin sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at the hospital. >> hivernin, a 13-year veteran on the force had not been involved in any prior shootings. police say this man robbed the west side pharmacy and wellness center on pratt street early this month. the suspect told employees he
was armed, then demanded they give him oxycodone pills. they complied and he got away on foot. anyone with information about robbery is asked to call city police. maryland is celebrating our nation's birthday. with cookoutsouts and of course parades. children lined up along the curb to get a front-row seat. the parade also included bands, marching units, military, and bagpipes. tonight, fireworks shows will be held in baltimore county and across the state. for a list of fireworks displays around town, log onto wjz.com, and click on our summer guide. it's at the bottom of the home page. any problems on the roads now? i wouldn't think so. since it's a big holiday. >> reporter: hi, denise. well, the main roads not
looking too bad. but we have a couple of problems. the water main break vic mentioned earlier, still remains closed between white avenue and cockeysville road. take beaver run road instead. as far as the city goes, because of all the activity there, a lot of street closures for the celebration. east pratt closed at south charles. also baltimore at gay street. still use a lot of caution when driving. because a lot of traffic lights still remain out. we're looking at, at least 50 of them at this point. as far as accidents go. poplar grove. also in towson. bosley avenue at west allegheny. and as far as 95 goes, easy drive for you, both northbound and southbound. and as far as the beltway goes, only dilemma is on the north side inner loop. minor slowing there at harford road. after that point, traffic does break free. not much activity on the south of brokenning highway.
-- broening highway and sandy point. this is brought to you by cirque du soleil. you can get your tickets at the arena office by calling 410-547- seat. or go to ticketmaster.com. a monumental breakthrough in the world of physics. research ers in -- researchers in europe say they could have found something to explain the universe. >> reporter: the universe as we know it, would never have formed if it were not for an invisible miracle of physics. now, researchers say they have all but confirmed its existence. >> as a layman, i would not say, i think we have it. >> it was first mentioned by its namesake, british physicist, peter higs in the
'60s. higs believes it's these tiny particles that give mass. turning weightless items, turning into stars, planets, and eventually us. the 83-year-old higs was in geneva for the announcement. >> my congratulations to everybody involved in this tremendous achievement. for me, it's really an incredible thing that has happened in my lifetime. >> reporter: the discovery was made within europe's $10 billion hay rider. they acrelerate -- accelerate until they reach speeds. researchers say they were able to weigh the higs particle. but many believe more evidence is needed to confirm the finding. for now, scientists are celebrating. comparing this advance to the first trip to the moon. monica villamizar, wjz eyewitness news. >> researchers say they will know more about this discovery in the next two or three years. straight ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 4:00.
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new developments in what may have cause the death of palestinian leader yasser arafat. a swiss lab found a lethal level of radioactive isotopes. now his body may be exhumed for autopsy. he died in 2004. french doctors at the time blamed it on a massive brain hemorrhage. a tour bus crashes in new york, sending 24 people to the hospital. today, investigators are trying to figure out how the vehicle
lost control. the bus was traveling on i-95, from fox woods resort casino to connecticut, to queens. when it struck a median barrier and crossed over traffic. luckily, none of the injuries are serious. a holiday travel disaster in new hampshire. several people, including children, hurt in a fireworks disaster. >> when the fireworks exploded, it took off the porch and a portion of the home. >> reporter: neighbors heard the huge explosion. what was supposed to be an annual celebration, took a tragic turn. >> kind of like fireworks blue up. like the whole thing. >> and he thought -- >> exploded. >> the little boy. i think he's three or four. he was taken in an ambulance and air evacked probably to children's in boston. >> reporter: the owner of the home is chris papavan. and neighbors say he shoots off fireworks every year but is
always extremely careful. >> he always has a huge invitation to everyone. >> everyone says he is safe and conscientious. >> yeah, he is every year. makes sure everyone is far enough away. >> reporter: the fireworks exploded on the back porch. and at least two children were severely burned and medivacced to boston hospitals. also, the owner himself, chris papavan, suffered severe burns. >> they're very conservative. nice people. always contribute to the neighborhood. >> unless they are part of a public display, most fireworks are illegal in maryland. possession and use of illegal fireworks could mean serious fines. a house collapses on top of a construction worker in north dakota. the 20-year-old was repairing a house that was heavily damaged by a flood when it fell on him. apparently a loading machine clipped a corner of the building and destroyed the support beam. three other workers saw it
happen and saved his life by rushing to the hospital. >> when it happened, like it happened so quick. like -- eye mean, i don't see how he is still alive. i started crying. i thought we were going to lose our guy at the site. it's an amazing feeling to know that he's under there but still alive. >> the man has been released from the hospital. the home he was working on was one of thousands being rebuilt, following record flooding in june and july of 2011. ever wish you had a cure for the hiccups? a man in sacramento says he's found it. >> reporter: chuck ray has developed the hiccup stick. you place the stick lengthwise -- wait for it, across your mouth. bite down and drink a glass of water. ray said he thought of the invention two years ago, but now is trying to get it on major store shelves. >> i had a pen in my mouth, absent mindedly, drank some
water. it didn't stop the hiccups, but i noticed a change. enough to say, what happened. >> reporter: the product is currently being sold for $1.99. ray hopes to get it in retail chains within the next six months. the man behind this project in lithuania says the design is a piece of art. he has assembled a cafe style on a sloped roof so he can have coffee under the sun. this has received a lot of attention. the design table with two chairs on a roof is in the process of being patented. with the hiccup stick. it's 89 now for the eighth day in a row. but it's going to get hotter. bob turk has the updated first warning forecast n,,,,,,
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there's more activity popping up there. so the threat for some thunderstorms, unfortunately, this evening. does exist across the region. we'll keep watching this. if you are out tonight, of course, a lot of folks watching fireworks. if you hear thunder. see lightning. get into a car or a building. lightning is very, very dangerous. when thunder roars, get indoors. take a look at temperatures right now. 96. dew points up to 67. humidity, 38%. winds west/northwest. 84, oakland. 95, cumberland. 95. 85 on the beach there in ocean city. and 90, westminster. and still the mid-90s most places around the region. with a west wind now. and looks like any of those thunderstorms could have wind gusts. any of the severe thunderstorms could have wind gusts in excess of 58 miles an hour. that is a possibility tonight
in a few locations. hopefully it doesn't happen. still have a rim of heat. and cooler air to the north. creating this little area of disturbed weather. now, some clouds in pennsylvania. and a few pop-up showers. looks like that trend will continue to develop, down to the southeast. so we have a possibility, let's say, between now and 9:00 tonight. even maybe a little later of scattered thunderstorm activity. one thing is for sure. it stays hot. a little less humid. heat will continue into that next front. the cooler air will arrive sunday. begins to cool down. monday, actually going below average in the mid-80s. can you believe that? northwest winds on the bay. 5 to 10 knots. bay temp around 80. hmm. just lost my forecast. i don't know what happened to it. it was in there. scattered thunderstorms tonight. yeah. tomorrow, back up in the upper 90s. yoork r yeah, with heat index tomorrow, about 101. a little higher in the
afternoon. come back and take a look at radar in a bit. >> i don't know if i want to. but i will. thank you, bob. still to come on eyewitness news tonight. recovery. i'm mike hellgren. still a lot of damage left behind, days after the storm. thousands still without power. the latest on when the lights the latest on when the lights will go back ,,,,,,,,,,,,
coming up on eyewitness news at 5:00. power back on. tens of thousands of customers still suffering without electricity. wjz is tracking this very hot fourth of july, with first warning weather coverage. a couple hundred thousand people expected downtown for fourth of july. i'm adam may. we'll let you know what the steps police are taking to keep the crowd safe. that's coming up.
hitting the jackpot. i'm derek valcourt. at the new maryland live casino in arundel mills, where they just finished their first month. and they're raking in some big bucks. what it means for tax dollars in the state. and for some lucky winners. that's coming up. check in for more on these stories and all the day's breaking news. eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now. sweating and struggling. more intense heat, as thousands remain without power. >> now, the repair efforts grow more desperate. >> hello, everyone. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. kai and mary are off tonight. here's what people are talking about. >> more